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Keynote Speech – Leading from the Pit

MODERATOR: Dr. Carolyn Watson (Director of Orchestral Studies, University of Kansas) SPEAKERS: Karen Kamensek (Conductor) Lidiya Yankovskaya (Music Director, Chicago Opera Theater & Artistic Director, Refugee Orchestra Project)     Karen Kamensek’s remarkable versatility and expansive artistry, coupled with her deep commitment to championing many of the leading compositional voices of the 20th and 21st […]

Keynote Speech – Breaking the Sound Barrier: a Case for a More Diverse Tomorrow

Afa S Dworkin (President and Artistic Director, Sphinx Organization)   Kennedy Center’s Human Spirit Award recipient, Musical America’s Top 30 Influencers and Detroit Crain’s 40 Under 40, Afa S. Dworkin is a musical thought leader and cross-sector strategist driving national programming that promotes diversity in classical music. She serves as President and Artistic Director of […]

Opening Remarks

Conference Organizing Committee: Dr. Kaitlin Bove (Pierce College) Dr. Chaowen Ting (Georgia Institute of Technology) Dr. Carolyn Watson (University of Kansas)